#childsafety | Parma Safety Fair with popular helicopter visit set for Aug. 13

PARMA, Ohio — Once a year an arriving University Hospitals AirMed helicopter seemingly overshoots the UH Parma Medical Center.

Instead of dealing with an emergency and a patient in need, the chopper hovers above Powers Boulevard before landing to audience ‘oohs and ahhs’ at the Parma Safety Fair. This year’s event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 13 in the justice center parking lot.

Provided the weather cooperates and the medic team is not called to an emergency, the helicopter visit is expected between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the justice center.

“The helicopter medic landing in the parking lot is always a crowd favorite,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “Just to see it circling and finally coming down is exciting for all ages.”

That’s just one of the many free attractions at the 20th annual affair.

“It’s great for young families with kids where they can see police officers and firemen,” DeGeeter said. “The lasting images at the safety fair are seeing little kids climbing up on the police motorcycles and getting a photo with the motorcycle officer.

“One of the things I can remember when my kids were young was they learn how to make a 911 call. So the Safety Fair has something for everyone. We encourage young and old families to come out. There are a lot of hands-on things to do.”

Safety experts will offer advice and safety giveaways — including bike helmets, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors — while supplies last.

Activities include firefighting, drone and K-9 demonstrations, as well as free fingerprinting and ID kits available for children.

Kids will be able to climb into fire trucks, police cars and ambulances, as well as view first responders’ equipment. There will be a Kid Zone to help children learn bicycle and pedestrian rules, how to safely board and exit a school bus and what to do during a house fire.

Parma firefighters, EMS workers, animal control and police units, as well as Cleveland Metroparks Mounted Rangers and Ohio State Highway Patrol will be on-site to answer questions.

For new parents, firefighters will provide instruction about how to properly install child safety restraints in vehicles.

The city expects upwards of 5,000 people to attend this year’s Parma Safety Fair.

“With the help of the Safety Fair Committee, Traffic Division Police Sgt. John Porec takes the lead in organizing the vendors and activities and has done an excellent job of growing this event,” said Ward 2 Councilwoman and Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Debbie Lime in a press release.

As far as the August date for the Safety Fair, DeGeeter said it appears that’s here to stay.

“It’s always been in the spring but because of covid we didn’t want to outright cancel it so we delayed it to August last year,” DeGeeter said.

“The feedback we got was fantastic. Also, the fact that sometimes the weather in May isn’t always cooperative, the Safety Fair Committee decided to keep an August date.”

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